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Q439. Wakizashi by Hoshu Kanesaki

$1,395 + Shipping & Insurance

Q439.  Wakizashi signed Hoshu Ueno Ju Kanesaki.

Nagasa:  20 13/16"  52.8 cm.

Sori:  1.3 cm.

Moto haba:  3 cm.

Moto kasane:  .6 cm.

Saki haba:  1.9 cm.

Saki kasane:  .45 cm.

Nakago nagasa:  5 3/4"  14.7 cm.

Overall in shirasaya:  29 1/2"  75 cm.

Sninogi zukuri, iore mune, chu kissaki, koshi zori, ubu with one hole.  The hada is ko itame and a bit of mokume with ji-nie.  The hamon begins as a short yaki-dashi and becomes variations on kataochi gunome, with sunagashi and kinsuji, all in a bright nioi guchi covered in ko-nie.  The boshi is straight with ko maru and a short kaeri, and strongly swept.  There are 2 tiny fingernail catcher nicks in the edge just above the habaki and a few tight and short instances of coarse grain on the ura; otherwise condition is excellent.  This sword is mounted with a fine solid silver habaki and in well made shirasaya, also in excellent condition.  It comes with a dealer's paper (Shibata, I've been told).

I can't say with certainty which smith from which school made this sword or when he worked (although late Koto may be a good guess); sorry.  I can tell you he did nice work; this is quite pleasant.  1 pound, 14 ounces.  $1,395.

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